Two basic premises underlie our studies in sociology. The first is that sociology is both a humanistic art and a rigorous science. In fact, much of its excitement arises from the insights offered by this unique blend of two intellectual traditions. The second premise is that sociology can be, and should be, a profoundly liberating discipline. By challenging the conventional wisdom of the past and dissolving myths about social reality, the discipline provides an acute awareness of the social authorship of and responsibility for both the social world and much of our personal experience and identity. Sociology thus offers that crucial sense of options and choice that is essential to human freedom. Majors and minors in sociology may develop specializations in anthropology, criminal justice, human services, human geography, civil service and applied sociology. Many Sociology majors continue their education in graduate schools of Social Work or Sociology. Others obtain positions in their fields of specialization following an Internship in Applied Sociology, immediately upon graduation. The department sponsors the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.

Sociology Major

(B.A. degree) Twenty-seven semester hours in Sociology, including SOC 111, 412, 414, and SOC 450. Plus twelve semester hours in allied subjects, chosen from BUA 330; GEO 115 and 317; HIS 430, 432, 475 (as individually approved by the Sociology Department Chair); MAT 111; PHI 152; POS 100, 300, 305, 315; PSY 211, 260, 355, and 380. Total hours required: 39

Sociology Minor

Eighteen semester hours in Sociology, including SOC 111, 113. One allied course can be selected from allied courses listed for the major upon approval by the department chair.

See description of Anthropology minor.
See description of Geography courses.

Courses

111. Principles of Sociology. (3 hours) Introduction of sociological concepts, theories, principles; their relationships to the individual’s social world. Fall and Spring

113. Modern Social Problems. (3 hours) A description and analysis of selected social problems, their causes, effects and social responses to these problems. Fall

115. World Regional Geography. (3 hours) (See GEO 115.) Fall

116. Introduction to Anthropology. (3 hours) (See ANT 116.) Fall

211. Community. (3 hours) Analysis of social organization and processes of communities. Odd Springs

213. Marriage and the Family. (3 hours) An analysis of the institution of marriage in the United States; how this institution is changing, why these changes are taking place. Fall

215. Juvenile Delinquency. (3 hours) Introduction to juvenile delinquency and related concepts; patterns and trends in delinquency; theoretical perspectives; agencies and programs designed to control, treat or prevent delinquency. Fall

217. Social Welfare as a Social Institution. (3 hours) An analytical study of social welfare in the United States; development of public responsibility for dependent persons; structure and administrative techniques of modern welfare agencies. Spring

309. Sociology of Religion. (3 hours) A sociological analysis of religious belief systems utilizing the cross-cultural approach; the role of religion in social control and social change. Prerequisite: SOC 111 and one course from REL 231, 233, 235, or 237. Even Springs

313. Intergroup Relations. (3 hours) Ethnic, racial and socio-economic group contacts, especially in the United States. Theories, processes, conceptual approaches, and consequences of interaction. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Even Falls

315. Human Ecology. (3 hours) Population distribution, growth, composition, and their relevance to current economic, social and political problems. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Even Springs

319. Industrial Sociology. (3 hours) Management-labor problems from perspectives of labor, management, and society. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or ECO 221. Even Springs

333. Criminology. (3 hours) Introduction to criminal law and crime data; theoretical perspectives; law enforcement agencies; types of crimes and offenders; correctional institutions and treatment programs. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Even Springs

335. Sociology of Appalachia. (3 hours) Overview of the culture, economics, politics, families, literature, and religions of the Appalachian region. Odd Falls

343. Criminal Justice. (3 hours) This course will introduce students to criminal law, key crime statistics, and the criminal justice and juvenile justice system. It will include study of police departments and police operations; the structure and operations of criminal and juvenile courts; correctional programs and crime prevention programs. All of the above will be examined to determine the degree of their effectiveness; the ways in which their operations are changing and the expected consequences of these changes. Odd Springs

412. Introduction to Social Theory. (3 hours) Analysis of selected examples of all five major theoretical perspectives in Sociology. These perspectives consist of functional, conflict, exchange, interactionist, and structural theorizing. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Fall

414. Techniques of Social Investigation. (3 hours) A description, evaluation and application of various research techniques; constructing theoretical models, operationalizing concepts, selecting research strategies, and the collection, analysis and presentation of data. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Spring

424. Cultural Anthropology. (3 hours) (See ANT 424.) Spring

425. Aging in Mass Society. (3 hours) A comprehensive study of the dimensions of aging from young adulthood through the senior years. Analysis of problems related to aging with exploration of possible solutions, including social services. As needed

440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours)

450. Senior Seminar. (3 hours) Capstone course bringing together sub-fields of the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology. Fall

460. Internship in Applied Sociology. (3-6 hours) Supervised internship experiences in the application of sociological concepts in selected human services agency settings. Consent of instructor required for enrollment.

470. Topics. (1, 2, or 3 hours) The study of special topics in Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 111.